Respect for Human Rights, the Development of Human Resources and the Promotion of Diversity

Establishment of the Shin-Etsu Group Human Rights Policy

The Shin-Etsu Group has been engaged in business activities based on ongoing respect for human rights at all its business sites around the world. The company's commitment to respecting human rights is outlined in the Shin-Etsu Group "Human Rights Policy" on May 2019, which is implemented thoroughly in the Group and communicated outside the company.

The Shin-Etsu Group Human Rights Policy

The Shin-Etsu Group Human Rights Policy

Shin-Etsu Group (the "Group") engages in business based on its Business Principle, "The Group strictly complies with all laws and regulations, conducts fair business practices and creates unrivaled value for society and industry through the provision of key materials and technologies." The foundation of this is respect for human rights. The Group respects the human rights of all individuals. All our Group companies worldwide respect human rights perpetually in accordance with the international code of conduct and actively promote the following actions to respect human rights.

Respect for Human Rights

  1. 1. Prohibition of discrimination
    We do not discriminate at all on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, personal views, beliefs, age, social status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, labor union participation, health, marital status, political opinion, or any other status.
  2. 2. Prohibition of damaging human dignity
    We do not in any case conduct sexual harassment, power harassment, maternity harassment or any other acts that damage human dignity.
  3. 3. Protection of privacy
    We protect the privacy of individuals and handle personal information properly in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of each country.
  4. 4. Respect for basic labor rights
    We respect the workers' right to organize, the right of collective bargaining, and further rights given to workers to establish, maintain, and improve trust and good cooperative relationships through dialogue between labor and management.
  5. 5. Prohibition of child labor and forced labor
    We prohibit our operations in all countries and regions from using child labor in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of each country. We also prohibit the use of forced labor.
  • International code of conduct
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labour Standards, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact's 10 Principles, etc.

Activities for Respecting Human Rights

  1. 1. Human rights awareness
    The people responsible for human resources in each business site and company of the Group will strive to develop the proper understanding of human rights and awareness of respect for human rights through activities including education for employees on human rights.
  2. 2. Human resources development
    The Group will create an environment in which diverse individuals can work at their full capacity and equally give all employees opportunities aligned with their aptitudes to develop and utilize their abilities.
  3. 3. Working environment
    The Group will make efforts to create a sound and comfortable working environment and to ensure safety.
  4. 4. Prevention of human rights infringement
    The Group will make efforts to prevent the infringement of human rights in the course of business activities by conducting human rights due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  5. 5. Measures for handling issues
    If there are concerns regarding human rights infringement in our business activities, the Group will take appropriate measures promptly to resolve them.
  6. 6. Promotion of respect for human rights
    The Group will encourage all people associated with the Group to comply with international standards for human rights.
  • Human rights due diligence
    To regularly implement the identification, evaluation, preventative/corrective measures, investigation, monitoring, and information disclosure of human rights risks in accordance with the Group's human rights policy.

Established on May 21, 2019

Human Rights Promotion Structure

The Human Rights Due Diligence Subcommittee established within the ESG Promotion Committee plays a central role in promoting respect for human rights. The subcommittee is engaged in overall action items associated with human rights due diligence such as the formulation of the "Human Rights Policy," survey of human rights risks for the Group, and the establishment and maintenance of a system for consulting and reporting on human rights.

In addition, the subcommittee works with the Shin-Etsu Chemcial’s Human Rights Enlightenment Promotion Committee to promote awareness and education of human rights. This committee holds regular human rights awareness training for directors and employees. Human rights Q & A are serialized in our internal company newspaper, and the committee asks people to submit human rights enlightenment mottos to coincide with our annual human rights week in December.

Furthermore, the company is a member of both the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo and the Corporate Federation for Dowa and Human Rights Issue, Osaka. We discover human rights developments and obtain latest information through federation activities and training sessions held by administrative organizations to promote awareness of human rights.

Human rights awareness training (November 2020, Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

Human rights awareness training
(November 2020, Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

Power harassment prevention training (February 2021, Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

Power harassment prevention training
(February 2021, Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

Conducting Human Rights Risk Surveys

In December 2019, we began conducting human rights risk surveys with all Group companies to identify human rights risks in the Group's value chain. The survey is part of our human rights due diligence conducted in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In FY2020, we conducted a follow-up survey before identifying risks for the Group. Henceforth, we will identify and address serious human rights risks in the Group based on the survey result.

Observance of International Labor Standards

The Group supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and respects the human rights in accordance with the international labor standards through the International Labour Organization (ILO). In order to confirm the status of human rights compliance, we distribute questionnaires to consolidated companies every year to investigate whether items related to respect for human rights1, labor management, and employment are properly implemented in accordance with the laws and regulations of each country and region. In addition, when building a new plant, its impact on the region in terms of human rights is taken into consideration.

1 Confirmation Items concerning Respecting Human Rights Prohibition of child labor, proper working hours, decent wages, proper employment contract in writing, prohibition of inhuman treatment, prohibition of discrimination, freedom of association

Consulting and Reporting on Human Rights

Our group has the following three contact points:

  • ・Compliance Consultation Office
    Officers, employees, advisors, contract employees, part-time employees, and temporary employees can report by email or phone.
  • ・Dial Shin-Etsu
    Domestic employees, advisors, contract employees, part-time employees, and temporary employees can consult anonymously by phone.
  • ・Supplier Hotline
    Our Group's suppliers can report by e-mail.